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The Top 7... E3 games that sunk without trace

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1: The Agency (E3 2009/2010)

Cancelled? After all that work? Yep – SOE's massively-multiplayer online FPS spy-em-up was looking pretty complete, with videos, interviews and screenshots all over the place. But after 200 employees were laid off, it just wasn't viable to continue work on such an ambitious game and it was cancelled.


Above: This concept art was released in 2007. Plenty of time to properly proportion that girl's legs, no?

It's such a shame - the game was the darling of E3, appearing at both E3 2009 and 2010 (and CES before that in '08). The action itself may have had somewhat basic aesthetics (more polygons used on boobs than anything else, in honesty), but the idea of a game world that kept going while you were away from it was sound.

In particular, asking your scientist to create a new gun for you from a blueprint you discovered would have taken a couple of days in real-world time. And then, you'd get a text message on your real life cell-phone to tell you that your gun is ready and waiting for you. That's pretty damn cool, even if it does make you a potential terror suspect. 


Above: And here's the actual game. Looks alright doesn't it? Fancy a game? Oh, wait, that's right. It's canned

It's rare that we get so much insight into a game's production only for it to be snatched away at the last second. Sad thing is, most of the development team in the videos seem genuinely excited about their creation.



Likelihood of it coming back:  

With all that work done, surely someone can pick it up? No takers?

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20 comments

  • quincytheodore - June 7, 2011 4:52 a.m.

    None of this will be missed, by me at least.
  • Mortified_Cow - June 7, 2011 3:47 a.m.

    With all this E3 stuff I forgot it was Monday. Almost missed out on this Top 7.
  • gilgamesh310 - June 6, 2011 8:44 p.m.

    I don't see why they think so little of the gameplay footage of Eight Days. To me it looks totally brilliant. The cover shooting looks far greater than any cover shooting around today. Movement is so fluid and natural and the interactions with your partner are better than in any other game. I don't know what they were thinking comparing it to Kane and Lynch. I was gutted when I heard that game was cancelled.
  • kor2disturbed - June 6, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    What about "I'm Alive" or maybe it was just called "Alive". What happened to that was it canned?
  • Darkhawk - June 6, 2011 3:27 p.m.

    Seems like MMOs have the hardest time getting released. Gamesradar has more!: http://www.gamesradar.com/f/8-canceled-mmos-that-wouldve-ruled/a-2009062511952762027
  • Reaver_Beaver - June 6, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    I'm suprised that I Am Alive isn't on there, the one earthquake game? Haven't seen anything about that in two years. Regardless, great article! Can't wait to that watching the E3 feeds!
  • Jordo141 - June 6, 2011 2:14 p.m.

    I remember when I first saw the Eight Days trailer and I fell in love with it. The cover system still looks great; and maybe with a year or so to patch up the game it could be great.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - June 6, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    A real shame that we won't likely ever see The Agency again. Great read.
  • Nap1400 - June 6, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    No one seems to remember that forgotten Kirby game from a while back. Maybe it's just the diehard Kirby fan in me, but I wanted to see that somewhere here...
  • 8bitBaby - June 6, 2011 11:30 a.m.

    man! the adverts on this site are aggressive today. wonder why *smiles slyly* good article. a lot of prerendered silliness. i actually wonder how hard it would be to get a game to run as well and look as sharp as some of the prerendered stuff they try to feed us. maybe it would just take too many man hours, and obviously too much money. oh man. the agency.... yeah. *looks longingly out the window*
  • Mooshon - June 6, 2011 11:29 a.m.

    Still would like them to release Milo as a tech demo. Was always intrigued to see if they actually had anything innovative there.
  • Rhymenocerous - June 6, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    Do you remember that game for ps3 where you played as a cop, and could be good or bad, and take side missions etc? I think it was being developed in Newcastle, and it looked awesome, am tellin ye mate.
  • GunsForShow - June 6, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    I once spent a pretty wild weekend with Jade Gully...
  • AuthorityFigure - June 6, 2011 10:52 a.m.

    Resident Evil Portable? Didn't know about that one at all. If CAPCOM won't talk about, then why should we give a toss?
  • Cyber6x - June 6, 2011 10:28 a.m.

    The Agency reminds me a bit of MAG for some reason. Anyhow, Agent might join this list if it doesn't appear at this E3....
  • insertdisk - June 6, 2011 10:24 a.m.

    The agency looks amazing! The faction based idea is really cool rather than a bunch of sliders on a character
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - June 6, 2011 10:12 a.m.

    I remember seeing that Milo video for the first time and thinking, "Man, maybe this whole kinect thing is gonna turn out to be awesome!" Of course, immediately afterward I thought, "Wait a minute...Peter Molyneux? Shit, this is all lies, isn't it?"
  • 435 - June 6, 2011 9:58 a.m.

    I didn't know they canned The Agency. :<
  • CitizenWolfie - June 6, 2011 9:55 a.m.

    I think the Duke shows that anything is possible...
  • FlyinMX - June 6, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    This looks like an interesting top 7, looking forward to E3!

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